Rev. Margaret Litchfield Brown

4/20/2019

Margaret Ruth Litchfield (Barr) Brown, 84, of West Monroe, LA joined our Lord April 20, 2019. She was born October 9, 1934 in Mobile, Alabama. Margaret graduated from Margaret Booth School for Girls, Montgomery, AL in 1951 and briefly attended Huntington College. She wanted to be a dress designer, but they made her take Home Ec instead (even though she hated cooking). Margaret had only one sister ten years older than her, so she always said she wanted a large family. To fulfill her dream, she had five children.  Her first marriage was to T. Richard Barr in 1952, and they had four children together. Her second marriage was to Bill J. Brown in 1964, and they had one child together.

Margaret began her career in Civil Service as a keypunch operator at Maxwell Airforce Base in Montgomery in 1955. After several years of working in the public sector, she continued her career in New Orleans at the Naval Port of Embarkation. Margaret retired from the VA Medical Center and began a second career in the ministry. From 1992 until 2001 she served as a local pastor in several area United Methodist Churches. She was a resident of the West Monroe Guest House. 

 Margaret is preceded in death by her parents, Charles Hal Litchfield and Frances Elizabeth Dodge; one sister, Patty S. LeNoir and brother-in-law, Jim LeNoir; and her beloved R.L.
Margaret is survived by her five children; Gary Barr, Craig Barr, Diane Francis and husband John, Eileen Smith and husband Mitch, Jon Marie Byram and husband J.
Ten Grandchildren; Layla Barr, Jeremy Barr, Jennifer Wales, Jason Barr, Andrew Hailey, Chris Collins, Amanda Collins, Jessica Byram, Jennalee Byram, Janae Byram
Eight Great-Grandchildren; Savannah Barr, Justin Barr, Andy Pierce, Ally Pierce, Zayden Hailey, Zowii Wales, Izzy Hailey, Harper Hailey
One Niece, Penny Lang, and Two Nephews; Bruster LeNoir and Richard LeNoir
 
Marnits, as we all called her, loved her family deeply. She believed in living life “to the full”. She loved to sing and dance and write poetry. Marnits was a dancer, student, and teacher for 20 years in Montgomery. She sang in the choir at church and sang and danced in the living room with her children and grandchildren. For the last five years, she would continue to “dance” in her wheelchair, moving her feet to the beat, but today she is singing and dancing on the streets of gold.
 
 

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